An exhibition in Venice celebrates glass in modern design


From Gio Ponti to Gae Aulenti, an exhibition in Venice celebrates glass in modern design

Glass furniture and objects produced by historic Italian brand FontanaArte are on show on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy, from 4 April to 31 July 2022.
Entitled Fontana Arte. Vivere nel vetro (Fontana Arte Living in Glass), the exhibition is part of Le stanze del vetro (The Glass Rooms), a project conceived by Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice, Italy) and Pentagram Stiftung (Chur, Switzerland).

Curated by Christian Larsen, the exhibition will offer a broad overview of furnishings and objects made of glass produced by FontanaArte in the periods in which four preeminent artistic directors collaborated with the company: Gio Ponti (from 1932 to 1933), Pietro Chiesa (from 1933 to 1948), Max Ingrand (from 1954 to 1967), and Gae Aulenti (from 1979 to 1996).
Featuring 85 works, the exhibition will especially focus on the poetic possibilities of plate glass, an industrial material widely used by many of the designers and artists who have collaborated with the Milanese company throughout its history.

Cover image: Pietro Chiesa, “Cartoccio” vases, c. 1938, diamond-patterned pressed glass, private collection and Marco Arosio Collection; photo Enrico Fiorese


Max Ingrand, Flower Vase, 1954, colored plate glass and nickel-plated brass, 7×31
cm, Michela Cattai Gallery; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, Table lamp model 1815, 1957, brass, fglass and lacquered metal,
60×31 cm, Michela Cattai Gallery; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Pietro Chiesa, Boxes, 1939, glass, wood, and lacquered brass, various sizes; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, Coffee table, 1955, wood and glass, 46×51.5×49 cm, private collection; photo
Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, “Dahlia” chandelier model 1563A, ca. 1955, polished brass, curved glass, 51×129 cm, Marco Arosio Collection; photo Enrico Fiorese


Gio Ponti, Chandelier model 0024, 1933, glass and nickel-plated brass, 50×45 cm, 
Marco Arosio Collection.


Fontana Arte. Vivere nel vetro”
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
April 4 – July 31, 2022

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